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World’s Oldest Light Bulb, R.I.P. (UPDATE: False alarm!)

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I blame George Bush.


That’s from the Centennial Light Bulbcam, maintained by Fire Station 6 in Livermore, CA. From their Facts page:

First installed at the fire department hose cart house on L Street in 1901. Shortly after it moved to the main firehouse on Second. In 1903 it was moved to the new Station 1 on First and McLeod, and survived the renovation of the Firehouse in 1937, when it was off for about a week. During its first 75 years it was connected directly to the 110 Volt city power, (subject to the power outages) , and not to the back-up generator for fear of a power surge. In 1976 it was moved with a full police and fire truck escort, under the watch of Captain Kirby Slate, to its present site in 1976 at Fire Station 6, 4550 East Ave., Livermore, California. It was then hooked to a seperate power source at 120V according to Frank Maul, Retired City Electrician, with no interuptions since.

It burned for 112 years. Last night it went out.

Well, it was killing the planet anyway.

Update: Chris Steinmayer adds: “Well, that aught to stop global warming.”

Update: And thanks to EdwardMKE for making the connection with the passing of Ray Manzarek yesterday. Like the song says:

Maybe Morrison really was a shaman…

Update: Well, there it is.


Maybe it was just taking a nap.